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If you are faced with a legal matter that will significantly impact your rights and your future, the attorney you choose is important. You want an attorney with the experience to vigorously protect your rights and the dedication to give your legal matter the time and attention it requires.

I am attorney, and you can rely on me for the quality legal representation you require. I am a skilled trial lawyer and negotiator who will protect your rights. My areas of practice include:

  • Criminal defense
  • Family law
  • Personal injury

I offer a free consultation to discuss your Criminal or Personal Injury case. To schedule your consultation, contact my law office in Lakeport, California.

Experienced Representation

I bring a unique perspective to each case. I am a Certified Criminal Law Specialist, certified by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization. As a former prosecutor and insurance defense lawyer, I have considerable trial experience and strong negotiation skills.

Cost-Efficiency

My objective in each case is to obtain the best possible result for my clients in the most efficient and cost-effective manner possible. I understand that legal costs are a concern for many of my clients.

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I handle all personal injury cases on a contingency fee basis, so you pay no fees to me unless I obtain compensation for you. I handle criminal law cases on a flat fee basis. If I am representing you in a family law matter, I will spend your money as if I were spending my own money. I do not unnecessarily drag out cases to generate additional fees. I focus my efforts on matters that will move your case forward and protect your rights.

Personal Service

You should not have to face this difficult time alone. I will stand by your side every step of the way to provide the highly personalized, accessible and responsive representation you deserve. I take time to listen to my clients, understand their objective and put legal measures in place with their needs in mind.

Throughout your case, I will be responsive to your needs and concerns. I will take time to listen to you, understand the facts of your case, return your calls promptly and keep you informed about the status of your case. As a client of my firm, you will have a strong advocate on your side.

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Expungements and Sealing Records

Expungements and Sealing Records

Clean Your Criminal Record

If you have been charged with a crime, even if you were not convicted, you have a record. Arrest records are recorded. Dismissed cases are recorded. Charges that resulted in probation are recorded. All of this can be seen by potential employers and other parties that may have a need to review your record. It can impact your ability to get a job and more.

Expungement

Penal Code Section 1203.4 offers some relief for people convicted of a crime. Most people refer to this relief as expungement. However, expungement is really a misnomer. Penal Code Section 1203.4 allows a person convicted of a crime to have their case dismissed. Although, you cannot have your record sealed or cleared pursuant to this section, getting your charges dismissed may prevent you from having to disclose your prior conviction to a prospective employer.

My name is attorney J. David Markham. I am a certified criminal law specialist. Working out of my office in Lakeport, I serve people in that community, as well as Clearlake and the surrounding parts of Lake and Mendocino counties. I can assist with the expungement process. If successful, potential employers and other parties will not be able to obtain information about your prior conviction.

Sealing Your Record

Expungements and Sealing Records

Under Penal Code Section 851.8, an innocent person arrested for or charged with a crime may be able to have his records sealed by proving to the court that he or she is factually innocent. This means no reasonable cause existed to believe he or she committed the offense. If relief is granted under this section, all records relating to the arrest and charges must be sealed for 3 years and subsequently destroyed. The arrest will be deemed to never have occurred.

Certificate of Rehabilitation

Expungement isn’t available to everyone. However, other options may be available. As your lawyer, I can assist you in applying for a certificate of rehabilitation. This is technically a type of pardon, rather than record sealing. However, it has similar benefits as expungement. Additionally, a certificate of rehabilitation may relieve a person of their duty to register as a sex offender.

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